Kent School District's Dual Language program will successfully prepare all students for their futures. The program will develop a high academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages by participating in a rigorous academic program that enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy so that students will graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy.
One-Way Dual Language supports “one language” groups of students to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate. For example, students whose primary language is English would learn in English and Spanish.
Two-Way Dual Language supports “two language” groups of students to become bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate. For example, an equal number of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students would learn in both languages.
The goals of this program include:
- To develop academic content and linguistic proficiency in English and Spanish
- To develop and use higher-level cognitive skills in Spanish and English
- To become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural
- To create a learning environment that promotes positive cross-cultural attitudes